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SWEDEN, Stockholm

Date Formed 1989

Categories: Death Metal


Formed in 1989, Stockholm's GENERAL SURGERY is the side project of various members of Swedish Death Metal acts. The original line-up comprised of then UNLEASHED guitarist Richard Cabeza on vocals, CARBONISED guitarist Jonas De Rouche, Grant McWilliams on bass and then CARBONISED vocalist Matti Kärkki on drums. The project's first demo was titled 'Erosive Offals'.

McWilliams departed prior to the second demo 'Pestiferous Anthropophagia'. GENERAL SURGERY's line-up then virtually disintegrated, leaving only Kärki remaining. Cabeza soon returned to the fore with DISMEMBER. New recruits were AFFLICTED guitarist Joacim Carlsson and drummer Matts Nordrup. Grant McWilliams also rejoined. GENERAL SURGERY were then offered a deal by American label Grind 'Til Global Perfection. Tracks were recorded which would eventually become the 'Internecine Prurience' demo. Also recorded would be a three track demo attributed to MEAT MISSILE. Following recording of further GENERAL SURGERY songs with producer Tomas Skogsberg, Kärkki quit to concentrate full time as vocalist for DISMEMBER.

The tracks recorded for the American EP were to surface as the 'Necrology' EP on Relapse Records in 1991. The initial 1000 copies came in blood red vinyl and, as the pressings soon sold out, Relapse reissued the EP on CD, with two extra tracks, in 1994.

With GENERAL SURGERY on hold, Matts Nordrup would surface in CREMATORY. GENERAL SURGERY would reform in 1999 citing a new line-up of Matti Kärkki on vocals, Grant McWilliams on vocals, guitarist Joacim Carlsson, bassist Richard Cabeza and NASUM man Anders Jakobson on drums. The band soon got back into action contributing their version of 'Empathological Necroticism' to a Deathvomit CARCASS tribute album. However, Jakobsen would depart and the group pulled in the temporary services of Erik Thyselius of Stockholm's CONSTRUCDEAD. Chris 'Piss' Barkensjö of REPUGNANT and KAAMOS would take the drum stool in February of 2001. By 2002 it would be the BIRDFLESH, DETHRONEMENT and SAYYADINA credited Adde Mitrouliu (a.k.a. Smattro Ansjovis) enrolled as new drummer. Richard Cabeza would team up with premier Black Metal act DARK FUNERAL for North American touring in the Spring of 2002.

A GENERAL SURGERY split album shared with THE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS was issued by Razorback Records in 2003. In September of that year GENERAL SURGERY boosted their numbers with the addition of SCURVY, BOMBSTRIKE and REPUGNANT credited second guitarist Johan 'Bosse' Wallin. Further split releases were projected with Spanish Horror-Grind outfit MACHETAZO and the bizarre Japanese band BUTCHER ABC, both via Escorbuto Recordings.

Bassist Andreas Eriksson decamped in January of 2004, the band drafting REGURGITATE's Glen Sykes as temporary fill in. As such, GENERAL SURGERY announced that they were to perform live for the first time in over fourteen years, this momentous event taking place Club Nocturnal in Gothenburg on Valentine's day. By May guitarist Johan Wallin and REGURGITATE bassist Glenn Sykes had enrolled full time. That same year guitarist Joacim Carlsson and former drummer Erik Thyselius formed up part of the resurrected FACE DOWN.

Promoting the album 'Left Hand Pathology', released through Listenable Records, GENERAL SURGERY were set to engage in the 'Pathology Over Europe' tour in March 2006, supported by GRIMNESS 69, but cancelled when singer Grant McWilliams left. However, in mid June the group revealed that McWilliams had returned and newly installed on bass would be Dr. Mikael Van Touminen of FINGERSPITZENGEFÜHL and THE GROKENBERGERS. GENERAL SURGERY teamed up with IMPALED and BUTCHER ABC for the "Gore Over Japan Tour" in September.

In March 2007 a collection of retro-Punk tracks was laid down at Studio Garaget by NICE IDIOT, a project featuring Mikael Van Tuominen, Joacim Carlsson with MASSGRAV's Johan Norsebäck on bass and Ove Wiksten, of SAYYADINA and I QUIT!, on drums. The following month bassist Dr. Mikael Van Tuominen took his leave and was replaced by former band member Andreas Eriksson. Grant McWilliams opted out again and the band replaced him with Erik Sahlström from MAZE OF TORMENT and SERPENT OBSCENE.

GENERAL SURGERY entered Off Beat Studios in October 2008 to track new album recordings.

In 2009 Johan Wallin co-founded "Filth Rock n' Roll" band IRON LAMB, a Stockholm based act also featuring Grga Lindström, ex-REPUGNANT, Thomas Daun, of DISMEMBER, ex-REPUGNANT and ex-INSISION, plus Daniel Ekeroth, from TYRANT, ex-INSISION and ex-DELLAMORTE.

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